UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Shania Twain hasn't toured in more than a decade, and says her current tour will be her last.
That would be a shame as Twain, 49, swept away a packed arena at Mohegan Sun Friday night with her country and pop rock tunes.
The five-time Grammy winner says she still plans to continue recording but will no longer tour. Twain is visiting several venues in the U.S. and her native Canada on her "Rock This Country Tour" following a two-year stint at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
And, appropriately enough given where she's been working, her concert had touches of a Vegas show, with fireworks and flames shooting from the stage and the singer-songwriter - now a blonde instead of a brunette -- changing sparkling and sultry outfits several times.
The dazzle began with the first song as Twain rose on a platform from under the stage to sing "Rock This Country!"
For "Honey, I'm Home," Twain made use of a part of the stage that extended into the crowd.
After "You Win My Love" was "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?"
"I Ain't No Quitter" is a number that came out after her last tour. And "Love Gets Me Every Time" was followed by "Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)"
Twain cruised the crowd on "Any Man of Mine," off her second album "The Woman in Me" from 1995 that brought her worldwide fame.
A surprise after "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!" was Twain and Gavin DeGraw, who opened the show, singing a duet, "Party For Two."
Another highlight of the show was Twain riding a saddle that was at the end of a crane-like extension that rotated her above the crowd on "Up!," the title track off her 2002 and last studio album.
The show slowed down with an all-acoustic set that included the uplifting "Today Is Your Day," "No One Needs to Know" and her sweet classic, "You're Still the One" that fans helped her sing.
The latter song, which hit No. 2 in 1998, and the next one, the Top 5 "From This Moment On," are from "Come On Over," her third album, which was the best-selling studio album by a female act in any genre, the best-selling country album at 40 million copies, and won her four Grammys.
The tempo switched with the spunky "That Don't Impress Me Much" that charted in the Top 10 in 1999 and "(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!"
The encore was restricted to one song, "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!"
The band featured two fiddle players, three guitarists, a keyboardist and drummer.
In her 2011 autobiography, Twain cited a weakening singing voice as a reason for retiring from stage in 2004. She later learned she had lesions on her vocal cords that were treatable. "I never thought I would be back on stage again," Twain said.
Twain's fifth album and first in nearly 15 years is expected to be released soon.
DeGraw, 38, a soul and rock singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, rose to fame with 2003's "I Don't Want to Be" from his debut album. The song became the theme song for the TV show "One Tree Hill."
His "Not Over You" became a hit in 2011. Both were part of his group's set, as was a cover of Billy Joel's "Big Shot."
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